Ophibre – Psyllium Husks C38

13 February 2013 xdementia No Comment


Ophibre – Psyllium Husks C38

905 Tapes

Another sick release from 905 Tapes this time from Boston native Ophibre. My first exposure to his work was his release Drone Works for Differing Digital Audio Formats and Encoding Methods which wasn’t so much a proper release but an experiment that yielded rather interesting results.

Side A sounds consists of one long evolving track which is an in-studio live recording. I mean to emphasize evolving because the composition here is great. What starts out with awkward circuit bent sounds eventually forms into a drone piece with bending frequencies. Even then the track is pushed to new heights when elements morph into unpredictable patterns (does that even make any sense)? Maybe not, but it illustrates that Ophibre manages to balance that fine line between order and chaos.

Side B is much more varied and jagged and features 2 different tracks but it seems to be cut into a few different shorter tracks featuring various glitchy sound organisms with one longer track at the end. The compositions here don’t evolve as much but that doesn’t seem to be the intent. They come off as mini-explorations of different sound objects and thoughts which is still executed nicely by the artist.

I find the side A to be more effective here with a deeper composition and structure but Psyllium Husks still manages to be yet another great release from the 905 Tapes camp. Ophibre really gets into some deep composition while keeping things unpredictable and engaging throughout. A great showing of innovative electronic sounds.

Composition: ★★★½☆
Sounds: ★★★½☆
Production Quality: ★★★☆☆
Concept: ★★★☆☆
Packaging: ★★★☆☆
Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

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